What is Abuse?

Abusive Relationships

You may be in an abusive relationship if your current boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or partner has done any of the following:

  • Withheld approval, appreciation or affection as punishment.
  • Continually criticized you, called you names or shouted at you.
  • Ignored your feelings regularly.
  • Ridiculed or insulted your most valued beliefs, your religion, race, class or sexual preference.
  • Been very jealous--harassed you about imagined affairs.
  • Manipulated you with lies.
  • Insisted you dress the way he/she wants.
  • Humiliated you in private or public.
  • Insulted or driven away your friends or family.
  • Taken car keys or money away.
  • Subjected you to reckless driving.
  • Thrown objects at you.
  • Abused pets to hurt you.
  • Punched, shoved, slapped, bit, kicked, choked or hit you.
  • Raped you or subjected you to other violent or degrading non-consensual sexual acts.
  • Threatened to commit suicide if you leave.

Adapted from the Riley Center General Brochure.  Printed with permission.

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